Hotel group helps Perth charity support rural families affected by austism

Crerar Trust has donated £5000 towards Perth Austim Support’s ongoing work to help reduce social isolation for rural families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in Perth and Kinross. 

The donation was made during a special cheque presentation at Crerar Scotland’s Hotel & Leisure Club in Pitlochry, on Wednesday, 18th March and will help Perth Autism Support provide support to over 100 children and their families in rural areas of Perthshire.

Angie Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Autism Support said the donation would ensure that wherever families reside in Perth & Kinross they all have easy access to a range of support.

“Families who have children with autism can often be socially isolated, which can be further compounded when the family reside in a more rural location, Ms Ferguson said.

“It is not always feasible for parents who live in rural locations in Perth & Kinross, particularly Highland Perthshire to be able to bring their children to Perth to attend the activities and services that Perth Autism Support provides, therefore this donation from the Crerar Trust, allows us to be able to deliver services in the communities of Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Crieff and Kinross.” 

The Perth Autism Support provides services, information and practical support that improve social skills for children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is one of more than 120 charities to receive monetary donations from the Crerar Trust this year alone.  

As a registered charity, the Perth Autism Support goal is to reduce social isolation and assist integration of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing accessible social opportunities that improve social skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

There is some 50 trained volunteers to deliver essential services in Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross and Perth, which include, befriending services, social clubs, activity programs, school liaison and teen ranch activities during a weekend outward bound camp.

For families, Perth Autism Support deliver the SMART programme, a recognised programme designed for parents to understand how they can support their child to maintain a state of mind where they have the confidence to engage with social situations; not withdraw themselves or exhibit challenging behaviour.